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Archive for October 12th, 2009

International Law Enforcement Including Justice Dept. Call For Global Effort to Battle Organized Crime

We’ve acknowledged that we have a global economy. But that’s not the only thing that’s global these days. We need to acknowledge and do much more to address the global crime syndicates, which are ruthlessly cashing in on violent drug trafficking and money laundering while helping terrorist networks. This gathering is a step in the right direction.

David Ogden/doj photo
David Ogden/doj photo

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — International law enforcement officials, including deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. David Ogden, called today for a far more coordinated global response to the growing threat of organized crime syndicates, which they said are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers to pose an unprecedented national security threat to the United States and its allies.

Speaking at the 78th general assembly of the global police agency Interpol in Singapore, Ogden and some of his counterparts acknowledged that they need to do much more to work together on many fronts, including attacking the money laundering pipelines that are enabling the crime syndicates to flourish in terror hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations such as Europe, Africa and Latin America.

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FBI Using Futuristic Facial Recognition Technology on Driver’s Licenses

Like out of a sci-fi movie, the FBI is using this advanced technology. It seems cool. But not everyone is cool with it, like the ACLU. Will this futuristic approach bump up against legal challenges?

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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. – In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver’s license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes.

The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong.

“Everybody’s participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver’s license,” said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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ATF Will Decide Whether To Launch Probes in Wake of NY Undercover Gun Buying Spree

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it will review whether to take criminal action as a result of findings by the New York City’s mayors office, which had undercover investigators buy weapons from unlicensed dealers at gun shows in Nevada, Ohio and Tennessee.

“ATF has received the ‘Report on Illegal Sales at Gun Shows’ by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and is reviewing it along with the Department of Justice,” ATF said in a statement. “ATF did not participate in the operation conducted at the gun shows highlighted in the report, but will assess the need to initiate any criminal invesigations.”

The mayor’s report, which was released last week,  said undercover investigators bought guns from unlicensed dealers after they disclosed that they probably could not have passed a background check.

Read Mayor’s Gun Report

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Insp. General Report Says Homeland Security Computers Vulnerable to Hackers

Maybe it’s asking too much, but you’d expect that an agency called Homeland Security would have more secure web sites. The federal government still needs to do much more to safeguard its computers from hackers.

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By Alice Lipowicz
Federal Computer Week
The Homeland Security Department’s most popular Web sites appear to be vulnerable to hackers and could put department data at risk of loss or unauthorized use, according to a new report from DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner.

An audit of cybersecurity for DHS’ nine most frequently visited Web sites found that although general security protocols were followed, there were still a number of vulnerabilities and gaps in security, including inconsistent management of security patching and security assessments.

“These vulnerabilities could put DHS data at risk,” Skinner wrote in the report issued Oct. 8.

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Fed Trial Begins Tues. in Largest Single-Site Immigration Raid in U.S. History

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The feds say the product may have been kosher, but the operation was not. The case involving this kosher meat plant and the use of illegal immigrants has gotten so much publicity that the trial has been moved from Iowa to South Dakota.

By Grant Schulte
USA TODAY
DES MOINES – The man who managed a once-dominant kosher meat empire heads to trial Tuesday to face allegations involving what U.S. Attorney Matt Dummermuth describes as the largest single-site immigration raid in United States history.

The trial, in which Sholom Rubashkin will challenge 91 fraud-related charges, marks the latest turn in a case that dealt a blow to the northeastern Iowa town of Postville and stoked the national debate over immigration.

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41 Years Later, FBI Arrests Pan Am Hijacker in NY

pan-am-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Better late than never.

The FBI in New York arrested Louis Armando Pena Soltren, 66, who was wanted for the 1968 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 281 bound from New York to Puerto Rico, the New York Times reports. Soltren arranged to surrender so he could visit his famiy, including his wife.

He was arrested Sunday at Kennedy airport at 1:30 p.m. after arriving from Cuba, the Times reported. To read more, click here.